Calrossy UNE GRASS Scholarship Recipients announced

Congratulations to our successful UNE GRASS (Growing Regional Agriculture and Science Students) Scholarship Recipients for 2020-21, Charlotte Lewis and Lilly Turner. Both girls were offered a work placement in their chosen scientific field along with $500.00 to help with expenses.

As with most events, the UNE GRASS program had to be modified to comply with Covid regulations over the last 10 months. Three of our Year 11 Agriculture 2020 students, Charlotte Lewis, Lilly Turner and Nicholas Morrison, applied for this prestigious scholarship and attended a virtual UNE camp last November to gain exposure to some of the leading scientific research facilities at UNE and the Northern District of NSW. Charlotte and Lilly went on to become Calrossy Anglican School’s successful UNE GRASS scholarship recipients, participating in a 5 day work placement late 2020 and early 2021.

Charlotte chose a Zoology study which involved working alongside eminent UNE scientists and post graduate students to expand her knowledge around specimen cataloguing and classification while also researching the impact of museum environmental conditions on the longevity of specimens exhibited.

Lilly worked alongside Australian Cotton Industry experts, including agronomists and Cotton Australia management based at Moree. She was exposed to the many facets of cotton production and associated technologies from field to fabric while also networking with many scientists involved with the study of insect resistance, plant breeding and cotton processing. 

It was a truly valuable experience for both students culminating in their individual presentations of their experiences as part of the award ceremony at UNE in mid-February. A huge thank you goes to Susanna Greig and her GRASS team for making this continued inspirational opportunity available to our Year 11 and 12 students each year. A huge thank you also goes to our Calrossy parents of GRASS scholarship recipients each year who support their children to enable them to undertake placements in many diverse regions around the North West district of NSW and beyond. A member of the GRASS team will be visiting Year 11 Chemistry and Agriculture classes in April to encourage more of our students to apply for 2021-2022 scholarship positions on offer.